This summer, you likely want to enjoy the weather and spend every waking moment outside. Before you walk out the door, however, you need your sunglasses. If you don’t have a pair, it’s time to get one. Remember, too much sun exposure to unprotected eyes can increase the risk of eye diseases.
Although sunglasses are widely accessible, many people aren’t wearing them. This might be because of popular myths about sunglasses, preventing most from getting the best eye protection. Here, we debunk common misconceptions about sunglasses.
Myth #1: Sunglasses Are Just an Accessory
When choosing sunglasses, most people prioritize style more than safety. However, sunglasses are not just an accessory. In fact, they are extremely essential for protecting your eyes while you’re outside. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and even work as a shield to cover your eyes from dust and wind while you are outdoors. Thanks to the eye protection they offer, many experts recommend always having a pair of sunglasses, even if you don’t regularly wear eyeglasses.
Myth #2: Polarized Lenses Offer More Protection
Polarization prevents blinding glare, which occurs when light from an external force shines on the object and then reflects it off. Polarized lenses neutralize the waves of reflected light to help the wearer see past the reflections. Polarized lenses are best for those who are light-sensitive, experience frequent migraines or spend a lot of time driving.
Myth #3: Sunglasses Are Only Useful in Summer
You may think sunglasses are only useful when the sun’s out, especially in the summer. However, this is far from the truth. UV rays may be less intense on cloudy days, but they are still present. Thus, sunglasses are still needed on days when the sun isn’t out. For good visibility on dark cloudy days, you can use sunglasses with a different shade color, tint level or lens type. You also need to wear your sunglasses in winter. That’s because your eyes may get a double hit of UV rays directly from the sun above and from its reflection off the snow.
Myth #4: Darker Tints Are Better
It’s a common myth that darker sunglasses are better, but in reality, even a light tint can offer 100% UV protection. The sunglass tint you choose is entirely based on your preferences. If you’re sensitive to light, darker tints may be a better option for you. Gray, brown and green lenses are three of the most popular colors and have their own advantages. Gray lenses are great if you struggle with light sensitivity while brown lenses provide contrast in most lighting situations. Meanwhile, green lenses provide benefits of both: a darker tint for those sensitive to light while providing color and contrast.
Do you need a new pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes this summer? The eye health professionals of Six One Six Vision Center are happy to help you choose the best pair that fits your style! To book an appointment with an optometrist, call us today at (208) 514-1858. You may also schedule online. We serve the residents of Eagle and Boise, ID.